Railways to get first dedicated corridor for freight trains on August 15


Railways to get first dedicated corridor for freight trains on August 15

After 165 years of its birth, Indian Railways is set to get its first publicly-owned dedicated corridor for freight trains on August 15, when the country will be celebrating its 72nd Independence Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to dedicate to the nation a 190-km railway line between Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and Phulera in Rajasthan, which fall under the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC). The Red Fort speech of the PM this year is likely to set the pitch for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, citing the government’s achievements in the four years.

For the railways, that is facing stiff competition from roadways in freight traffic, this can come as a fresh lease of life as the project is finally taking shape even though partially after 12 years of its formation. It was in February 2006 that the Cabinet had given in-principle nod to the project.

“The feeder route at Tundla is already in place and the Ateli-Phulera route will be functional on August 15,” said a government official. The Rs 814-billion-project of Eastern and Western DFCs will cover a total of 3,360 km track, of which around 1,500 km falls in the western region starting from Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Read More

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